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Husband and Wife – The Good Gifts – Day 9

It is true that I nagged wildly hinted flat out asked for an iPad and I did get one for my birthday. Then I had the rare treat of outfitting my new toy in a cool case – but this was just when the iPad 2 came out and cases were either ugly or overpriced. I stumbled on one in Urban Outfitters that I loved and the price was right – $30.So I snapped one up in orange.  http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/search/search.jsp?searchPhrase=ipad+case&listViewSize=&indexStart=0&sortBy=&sortOrder=&categories=&categories2=&categories3=&categories4=&skucolor=&priceLow=&priceHigh=&skusize=&brand=&maxPrice=&minPrice=Now it is only $14.99 – you win! I like the other cases here as well, especially the tromp l’oeil one here. If you are into Vera Bradley there are some great cases for iPads and laptops – I found a great selection at Just Next Door in Newton.

How about some new SmartWool socks and a great pair of waterproof mittens and some winter walking shoes (we can get matching ones at REI) capability mom is going to copy her friend and get the same shoes from solomoncapability mom might buys these at REI for spouse– because I am fancy like that.

What else? I always like books, real ones or ebooks for my e-reader or iPad.

Wish List? I loved State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett and want to read

The Sense of An Ending, by Julian Barnes and Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

I could really use and iPhone 4S because I need someone to organize my life and I think Siri might be my new BFFL (Best Friend For Life).

While I will never say no to anything from Tiffany’s (let’s be reasonable) or Folklorica, my real new anything jewelry is from Kiki D. Design which was recently featured in the new Newton Living Magazine. Designer Beth Kurson takes beautiful vintage findings and makes them modern and lovely. Check out her store for more great pieces.Kiki D. Design Bracelet


But enough about me!

Husband Gift Ideas:

Running stuff from UnderArmour – of course, not in red, in black. Some more cold weather gear from REI – and they are having a great 30% off sale – plus check the outlet for last season’s gear. Great prices on basics. NY Giants gear for mine is always a hit. Techie? Apple or PC? New camera? Pragmatic Mom found a cool one –  The Sony Cyber-shot. Pretty basic but go ahead, load his iPod with some tunes. How about J. Crew shirts or stuff from Brooks Brothers (shhh…they have a kickin’ sale right after Christmas if you can wait).

Give him his favorite childhood game like Rock’em Sock’em Robots or a baseball or football to toss around with the kids. Winter sports abound here – not into one? It’s never too late to start – grab some skates, snowshoes or cross-country skis – make it a family present and you have a new family activity.

Hope this helps!

I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Pragmatic Mom so hop on over to her blog for some more great ideas!

The 12 Days of Shopping

 Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts GRANOLA, Amazing Granola from Nigella Lawson versus Amazing Granola Bars from The Barefoot Contessa

 Dec 2: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

 Dec 3Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)

 Dec 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

 Dec 5Tutors/Teachers

 Dec 6High Tech/Low Tech

 Dec 7Hostess/Gifts That Give Back

 Dec 8: Sanitation EngineersMail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?)

 Dec 9Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List)Capability:Mom Husband/Wife

 Dec 10:  Dog/Cat

 Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

 Dec 12: ’Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts:  Cookies Personalized Holiday Tags

Jewcy.com | Jewcy Top 10 Fiction Books Of 2010

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Go check out this great book list while I take down the Christmas tree – it is early, I know but we are experiencing allergies and it may be the mold off-gassing tree.

I love this list – I have Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart on my to-read list but now I have more – joy!

Although it is not on this list – it is certainly on mine – just read and could not put down Steve Martin’s An Object of Beauty. I got it for Christmas and finished it this morning. Loved it – WTF for poor mannered tweeting during Mr Martin’s  92nd St Y visit? I would love to hear him speak. Twidiots.

Would also love it if I could get these for my Kobo e-reader which I left at my parent’s house on Christmas Day. I need it back!

My new present to me – a Kobo e-reader

Capability Mom's Kobo e-readerI am, as you know, a returning to work mom – just on the brink of still being a stay at home mom by sheer chance that I am working from home. It is harder in some ways and easier in others as I am sure people with experience in both can attest. So I started a blog this year, and started to write (no one wanted to pay me just to read – go figure), and realized that I am even more geeky than I realized. I happen to love tech-y stuff and now I really like social media (even though I didn’t know what it was at this time last year). I love Twitter and all the applications that attend it (some more than others, go to oneforty.com for the best of the best), I am in daily contact with Hootsuite (love Hootsuite!) and am even giving a Hootsuite tutorial tomorrow – sorry, the class is filled! I love plug-ins and widgets and watching my traffic and Google Analytics (except they lie) and putting ads on my site. I may have accidently ingested learned some HTML along the way – enough to be dangerous not helpful!

So what else has happened? I was paid to write (here) which is almost as good as getting paid to read. I do like to share my thoughts and I think I may have found my voice and am having a blast. I also was hired to work on social media for local clients and had a great time doing it. I was hired by She’s Connected (http://www.shesconnected.com) to be a brand manager and I because really like the site and the co-founder, I said yes and I get to work on an account with, wait for it… an e-reader! I know, pretty perfect, right?

So this e-reader is the Kobo and it rocks. I like the quilted back, the simple features and that it is preloaded with 100 classic books (Pride and Prejudice, A Christmas Carol, Anne of Green Gables, plus so many more). It is light (paper back book light) and it is really easy to adjust the font (which my middle aged eyes appreciate). My nieces were playing with it this weekend (we had 18 people here for lunch after the Holiday Pops concert) and they easily readjusted the font from largest (my setting) to normal (small) size for their young eyes. I do  have to say that I didn’t know if my kids would be as into as I am but they are big readers and it has been a challenge to make an appointment with the Kobo. My nieces are too polite to squabble over it but there was good natured tugging on it (which the reader withstood with aplomb) and I did let the Kobo go on an overnight visit with a particularly bookish niece who looked unwilling to part with it.

I do have to say that I looked at the other e-readers out there both before and after being hired by She’s Connected and I like the lightness of the Sony pocket and the Kobo but I like the screen of the Kobo much, much better.  Some models with touch screens can seem slick – and I do like the iPad – the touch screens of other e-readers I found logy and awkward. I like the easy to use controls of the Kobo and that it fits in my handbag (even my smallest bag) and I have used it so many times in the two weeks I have had it! I have pulled it out at the doctor’s office, the library, while waiting for a meeting to start, in the car (waiting, parked, not driving, please), and hanging out at home.

Don’t get me wrong – I will always love an actual physical book, but what a great way to take along more than one book! I wish I had it over Thanksgiving when we traveled – sometimes the book you bring isn’t the book you want to read. Kind of a drag when you are already airborne and you want to abandon a book or just change it up a bit. This is so great if you have a sudden need to switch books which I am wont to do.

So, yeah, I am into the Kobo ereader and have a wish list taped to my computer where the family is sure to see it. I am so subtle like that.

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